The annual vote on the 2020-21 school budget and Board of Education member election will be held on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 and be vote by absentee ballot ONLY in accordance with Governor Cuomo's executive order. Information about the budget is available below.
In addition to the 2020-21 Budget Proposal, the Absentee Ballot will include a second proposition asking voters to authorize the District to transfer unspent funds between the previously approved 2018 Bond projects. Additionally, there are two uncontested seats for three year terms on the Board of Education.
Pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order all voting will be by Absentee Ballot. Absentee ballots will be mailed to all voters who are registered with the Westchester County Board of Elections in late May and include a postage paid return envelope.
The deadline for ballots to be received by the District by mail has been extended until June 16, 2020. Ballots may also be hand delivered via the dropbox outside the main entrance of Pelham Memorial High School, 575 Colonial Avenue, until 5pm on Tuesday, June 9. The dropbox will be available from 9am-5pm on the following days:
- Friday, June 5
- Monday, June 8
- Tuesday, June 9
Voters MUST complete all steps of the instructions listed on the ballot.
Within the envelope voters receive, you should have three separate pieces:
The ballot itself (one side in English, one side in Spanish),
an envelope that says “Election Materials Please Expedite, Official Ballot, Absentee Voter” and on the reverse side includes the “Statement of Absentee Voter,” and
A separate postage paid return envelope that is addressed to “Pelham Union Free School District, 18 Franklin Place, etc.”
It is extremely important that voters follow these instructions:
Mark the ballot provided. Complete only one side.
Insert the completed ballot in the envelope entitled, “Election Materials Please Expedite, Official Ballot, Absentee Voter,” and seal the envelope.
Complete the front of the envelope with your name and address, turn it over, read the “Statement of Absentee Voter,” and sign and date the envelope in the spaces indicated.
Insert the completed envelope in the envelope that is addressed to “Pelham Union Free School District, 18 Franklin Place, etc.” and seal this envelope. The envelopes are postage paid. Do not affix a stamp.
The front of the absentee envelope must be FILLED OUT LEGIBLY and the back statement MUST BE SIGNED.
Shall the budget for the school year 2020-2021 amounting to $76,700,000 be adopted and shall the Board of Education be authorized to raise a tax on the taxable property of the District in such amount as may be necessary to provide for such expenditure?
COST REALLOCATION PROPOSITION
WHEREAS, on May 15, 2018, the voters of the Pelham Union Free School District, New York (the “District”) approved spending an aggregate amount of not to exceed $57,524,892, consisting of $52,900,00 for a capital construction project and $4,624,892 for the construction of recreational and athletic field improvements, and approved a tax to pay such costs and the principal of and interest on not to exceed $57,524,892 bonds to finance such cost; and WHEREAS, an amount of up to $750,000 allocated for the recreational and athletic field improvement project may not be needed for such purpose, but will be required to complete the capital construction project; Now, therefore, be it RESOLVED
(a) The Board of Education of the District is hereby authorized to reallocate not to exceed $750,000 of the funds heretofore approved for the construction of recreational and athletic field improvements and spend such amount for the District’s capital construction project; and (b) that such reallocation will not increase the amount of taxes heretofore authorized by the voters of the District on May 15, 2018, to pay the costs of such projects or the principal of and interest on the bonds authorized to be issued to finance such costs.